Basketball proposal nothing but racism

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The first reaction was that this had to be some kind of sick joke.

What idiot sends out a press release on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day announcing the establishment of an all-white basketball league?

Sadly, it was not a joke. Racism never is.

Don "Moose" Lewis claims his concept of a whites-only basketball league has nothing to do with racism. He's wrong, of course. And his proposal to re-establish a small piece of segregation on the holiday we celebrate the dream and effort of MLK is reprehensible.

Lewis' press release is filled with the vile and hateful stereotypes that condemn an entire race.

"It has come to the attention of the principals of the (All-American Basketball Alliance) that white basketball players are essentially 'shut out' of conventional professional basketball due to the proliferation of non-organized play on the court," he said. "With players on other professional teams carrying guns, attacking fans in the stands, and going through the motions of playing the game, fundamentally sound white players are a vanishing species."

It sickens me to hear this kind of prejudicial garbage given even the smallest iota of credence.

I'm not naive enough to believe that racism isn't alive and well in these United States -- I've read the online comments that pass for civic discourse. But 62 years after the Dixiecrats dissolved, 49 years after the last Caucasian-only clause was stricken from American sports, 42 years after King was assassinated and just more than a year after we elected our first black president, I hoped this kind of ignorance might be on the wane.

Just the fact that someone would consider this kind of venture shows just how far away we are at truly reconciling our society.

"Fans have spoken to the AABA asking to restore on court sanity to the game of basketball," the press release claims. "Their pleas are our mission. Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league."

But Lewis -- a boxing and wrestling promoter by trade who can channel Al Campanis and Jimmy The Greek as well as anyone -- goes on one of those racist rants that can make you weep.

"It's because of the fact that natural athleticism of people of color is different," Lewis said. "They can make up for their shortfall in fundamentals with their natural athleticism. And coaches look for the quickest way to win, so they go for natural athleticism instead of the fundamentals from a white player. Is it a coaching problem? To a certain degree, but a lot of it is the culture.

"I know there's bad apples of every color, but like my wife says, let the numbers speak for themselves. Turn on the local TV news and who do you see on there? Facts are facts. Now, imagine the safety and quality of play at games where there's none of that. Anyone can be a star."

In his conversation with The Augusta Chronicle , Lewis mentioned several white NBA stars as shining examples of what his league would be all about.

"You do have some guys in the NBA, guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash," Lewis said. "Dirk is the last great white hope."

Of course, since Nash and Nowitzki are Canadian and German, they wouldn't be eligible for Lewis' league.

Lewis even cites North Carolina -- you know, the school that helped integrate the Atlantic Coast Conference with Charlie Scott and gave us Michael Jordan -- as his muse.

"At Carolina, the bottom line is they're fundamentally sound," he said. "The guys who buy into the program go 100 percent, and those are the white guys. They have the Blue Team, and every time they come into the game, everybody cheers them on and get behind them. They're the most popular."

The Blue Team, for those as ignorant as Lewis, was a substitution strategy first employed by Dean Smith who would install an entire reserve unit to briefly spell his starters. They are not exclusively white.

"Look at Larry Bird," Lewis continued. "He was a very good player. But if he was a black player, he wouldn't be considered in the same league as Michael Jordan. But he was white and entertaining. That's why people liked him."

This Moose Lewis character is more than a little challenged when it comes to his judgment. An Internet search of his other offerings as chief of this Global Basketball Alliance illustrates that pretty clearly.

In January of 2008, Lewis issued a news release saying that his director of team development, a military veteran, had been in an accident a week earlier and fallen into a coma. "Due to these tragic circumstances, the GBA has no alternative but to seek a replacement." Now that's class.

The only bit of sense Lewis displays is an awareness that this segregationist endeavor wouldn't fly in an arena named after James Brown or any other public facility.

For gyms in which to play, he hopes to find kindred spirits at private white-flight academies that are prevalent across the southern regions he hopes to infiltrate.

Let's make sure that Augusta and its surrounding communities do not become a haven for this kind of prejudice.

If we do, the sick joke is on us.

Reach Scott Michaux at (706) 823-3219 or scott.michaux@augustachronicle.com.

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wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 01/19/10 - 10:46 am
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People don't seem to

People don't seem to understand why there is a United Negro College Fund, Black America, BET, Historically Black Colleges, NAACP, Metro Courier, or many other black formed media outlets. It is because for years people of color have been left out of the process. The desire to control how the public sees you is a strong desire for many of these organizations. When you look at many major magazines, even though the magazine doesn't pitch itself as being white, the majority of the images and stories are geared to white people. When you watch a particular channel on T.V., the channel may not pitch itself as a white T.V. channel, but the majority of the focus and programming are geared towards whites. So when this guy creates this league is he truly doing it because the NBA doesn't let white people in. No!! What about other leagues, they also feature white players. So the formation of this league is not the same as those black organizations. All of the major sports leagues would not allow black athletes to play in their leagues. Those barriers had to be broken down. I went to South Carolina State, which is a black University, where I saw many white people.

EdSimian
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EdSimian 01/19/10 - 10:49 am
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Somehow I've got a problem

Somehow I've got a problem getting my head wrapped around the words/phrases "white supremacy and basketball" in the same sentence.

Native007
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Native007 01/19/10 - 10:49 am
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wcorowitz....Well put

wcorowitz....Well put

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/19/10 - 10:52 am
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This is reverse racism. For

This is reverse racism. For all of us short white men, who can't jump or get down, this is an insult, Hell, I don't know any 7 foot tall white men anyway. He would be better off proposing a basketball league for midgets, then, I also don't know any black midgets either, so here we go again!

wcorowitz
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wcorowitz 01/19/10 - 10:52 am
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I am glad that we have a

I am glad that we have a forum to discuss these matters. Race is not going anywhere. You can ignore it and claim that racism doesn't exist, or you can discuss it openly. At least we will know where everyone stands.

http://www.plaintalk2010.com

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 10:53 am
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I CALL BULLSIIIT !!! The past

I CALL BULLSIIIT !!! The past is over, we learned a thing or two from the mistakes of our forefathers, now we have tried to allow the blacks in everything and we dam the people who don't. Yet, you still want to be separate. You can have, but we can't? We are equal, you are not special because you are black, you are no better than me.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 10:56 am
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LOL @ jamesj OMG that's a

LOL @ jamesj OMG that's a funny post, funny to the core. They getting riled up AC...

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 10:58 am
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A possible cheer for the

A possible cheer for the team: Give me a K, K you got your K, you got your K, give me a K, K you got your K you got your K, give me a K, K you got your K you got your K, what's that? KKK, what's that KKK, Louder, KKK, Louder, KKK, softer kkk, softer kkk. LOL.

Holdem
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Holdem 01/19/10 - 11:00 am
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So according to Scott,Augusta

So according to Scott,Augusta Christian,Curtis Baptist,Briarwood,Thomas Jefferson,etc are "white flight academies"

dominionfs
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dominionfs 01/19/10 - 11:20 am
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I'm confused. Who really

I'm confused. Who really gives a darn about bro-ball anyway.?

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Dan White 01/19/10 - 11:40 am
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No one would know about this

No one would know about this or even care had the Chronicle not made this unworthy news story news. And Scott only added to the insantity of all of this.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 11:57 am
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My, my people are getting

My, my people are getting riled up by a stupid racist idea. First, BET is not a good channel for many sensible blacks. We don't all welcome the hip hop version of life. TV ONE is a much better alternative to BET. Also, BET is own by Viacom, hardly a black owned entity. Besides, whites have ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.How many blacks shows do you see premiering in the fall? Black Colleges already accept white students who would therefore benefit from the Negro College Fund.As for the Miss Black America contest, it was established because black women were excluded from the Miss America contest.Black women are constantly told their Afrocentric features aren't beautiful to some in our society,ie Michele Obama our First Lady. For every Black labeled entity, whites have ten entities of it's equivalent. They just aren't labeled white. Aside from that, how would this fare with the Justice Dept.. This league would be racially exclusive, these black organizations are not.This concept is doomed from the start.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 12:15 pm
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RCR, I CALL BULLSIIIT. The

RCR, I CALL BULLSIIIT. The Congressional Black Caucus...

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 12:27 pm
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Jamesj, save the profanity.

Jamesj, save the profanity. It only makes you look sad. The Congressional Black Caucus is small group of congressmen who bring forth issues affecting the minority community. Had it not been for them pushing it, their would be know King Holiday or monument. Believe it or not, racism is very alive and well. Some things are in response to these injustices. Why don't you speak out against blatant racism committed against blacks in all segments of this society? Get a clue man.College educated blacks have a much harder time finding employment than college educated whites. Blacks are given higher interest rates than whites with similar economic background and so forth.

obx2019
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obx2019 01/19/10 - 12:35 pm
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"Had it not been for them

"Had it not been for them pushing it, their would be know King Holiday or monument." Posted by RichmondCountyResident Should be, Had it not been for them pushing it, THERE would be NO King Holiday or Monument. At least that is how a College Educated Black would have typed it......

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 12:40 pm
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obx2019 I meant to tell you

obx2019 I meant to tell you this yesterday, Happy MLK Day.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 12:41 pm
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RCR, I call it again, the

RCR, I call it again, the crap you are trying to feed us make you sound like a snake in the grass. Fact is the blacks are discriminating against the whites.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 12:43 pm
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OBX, I stand corrected.You're

OBX, I stand corrected.You're smart for a bigot.

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 12:43 pm
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Happy belated MLK Day

Happy belated MLK Day obx2019, what did you do on your day off?

Notreally
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Notreally 01/19/10 - 12:44 pm
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RCR LOL... ooopz.

RCR LOL... ooopz.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 12:46 pm
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Haha proved wrong, resort to

Haha proved wrong, resort to name calling!

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 12:46 pm
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JamesJ, how can we

JamesJ, how can we discriminate when whites control the jobs, banks and government. Maybe, you're referring to individual acts, but overall you're the World Champions.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 12:48 pm
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How can we when we control

How can we when we control nothing?

EdSimian
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EdSimian 01/19/10 - 12:49 pm
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RCR - I thought you were a

RCR - I thought you were a successful man despite your genetic challenges. Which one is it?

bentman
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bentman 01/19/10 - 12:50 pm
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Hey RichmondCountyResident.

Hey RichmondCountyResident. In case you haven't figured it out blacks are now admitted to the Miss America Pageant. It's time to shut down the Miss Black America Pageant.

obx2019
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obx2019 01/19/10 - 12:52 pm
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RCR you have the market

RCR you have the market cornered on bigots. Just look at your own post history, ahh but none are so blind as those that refuse to see.

EdSimian
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EdSimian 01/19/10 - 12:55 pm
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RCR has had 248 posts removed

RCR has had 248 posts removed for violations as of last count, yet he is still here. Don't tell me that calling the AC and crying like a little girl to be restored while threatening the race card doesn't work. I'd rather keep changing accounts than selling my soul out as a poor oppressed beggar.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/19/10 - 01:01 pm
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We just poor lil Black

We just poor lil Black people, we can't make it in the big bad Whiteman's world, we need to have our own groups without white folks, but you got to let us in whitey's group or that's discrimination...

obx2019
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obx2019 01/19/10 - 01:04 pm
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EdSimian, I find it funny how

EdSimian, I find it funny how easy it is to yank some of these posters chain and get them into playing their own "race" game against themselves. If you know what I mean...

EdSimian
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EdSimian 01/19/10 - 01:10 pm
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Who, me? (glances around and

Who, me? (glances around and whistles innocently)

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